User Review: Mile High Mountaineering Divide 55
Price Paid: $240 on sale, worth every penny!
I saw a short clip on a Denver news channel about Mile High Mountaineering, being they are local I decided to try them out. I liked the look of the pack to start with.
Brief history of me: I am a tall, larger woman, with a severe lumbar back problem that has now moved into my hip. Being 6'2 I have always had to get a man's pack. They never fit quite right so I just had to find the best ( but never quite right ) fitting pack. They either would not fit around me, shoulders to narrow or wide, the frame dug into my hips or right in my lumbar spine where all my issues are, were not large enough liter wise, and on and on.
I went to Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder, Colorado, and tried on the Divide pack. (Honestly I didn't have much hope.) I stuffed 30 pounds in the pack and walked around the store for a couple hours. WOW! I had virtually no pain in my back or hip. The lumbar area of the pack fit my back like it was molded just for me. I HAD TO HAVE ONE!!
I got one and started walking 3-15 miles 3-4 times a week with about 20 pounds in the pack.
Three things happened:
- I have lost 20 pounds because I enjoy the almost pain free walking, so I actually go!
- My lower back and hip hardly hurt after walking, and I had no tiredness between my shoulder blades!
- My daughter loved it so much I bought her one.
My daughter and I went on a 3 day backpacking trip on the Colorado Trail (about 30 miles), and I was sore at the end of the day, but not almost crippled (as I had been with previous packs), I had no shoulder fatigue.
I had a place for everything: The easy top loading, front entry, built in rain fly, the side pockets, the built in sleeping bag stuff sack, the roomy top cap, the easy to reach load lifters, are just a few of the outstanding features.
I have emailed MHM on a couple of occasions, and the reply time has always been less than 12 hours, and very friendly, and eager to help out in any way possible.
I was about to give up my backpacking time with my daughter, but Mile High Mountaineering has made it possible for me to continue. I can never thank them enough for the most AMAZING pack I have ever tried. If you are considering a new pack, this is the one!!